Thursday, December 22, 2005

Hoping to Find Something Suspicious

"Bush administration officials believe it is not possible, in a large-scale eavesdropping effort, to provide the kind of evidence the [FISA] court requires to approve a warrant. Sources knowledgeable about the program said there is no way to secure a FISA warrant when the goal is to listen in on a vast array of communications in the hopes of finding something that sounds suspicious."

--WashPost, 22 Dec. 2005, p. A1

Hoping to find something that sounds suspicious. Listening in on a vast array of communications.

All you putative conservatives out there ... you're gonna be comfortable with this program, right? when there's a liberal Democrat back in the White House? Listening in on a vast array of communications, hoping to find something that sounds suspicious? That suits you?

Then what exactly is it that you're trying to CONSERVE? Inquiring minds want to know.

The president's dictatorial powers, asserted in the matter discussed above, have already led one FISA judge to resign in protest. Now others on the court are openly asking questions: What is the president doing, and why is he doing it without legal authority? The presiding FISA judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who also sits on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, intends to get to the bottom of it and is summoning all the other ten FISA judges to a briefing with administration officials soon after Christmas.

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